Tuesday, January 14, 2020

This is the winner of the 2019 American Eagle Book Awards 99CENTS

This is a must read! You'll love it!
Imagine you are granted three wishes--and your second wish is captured by a television news crew and broadcast across the globe. Now the whole world knows you can wish for absolutely anything, and it will come true. Now imagine you're fourteen years old.
Jake Parker is about to finish the freshman year of what's shaping up to be a mediocre high school career. He's a late bloomer. His family is living hand-to-mouth. And worst of all, he's a nobody--until he discovers an ancient ship's lantern. With everyone on the planet watching to see what Jake's final wish will be, he becomes an instant media darling, and his social status at school skyrockets. That's the good news.

The bad news is pressure is bearing down on Jake from family, public opinion, the media, government agents, and crooked politicians as he struggles to come up with a final wish that will truly help mankind. But if he's going to pull that off, he has to outsmart them all.
Adults and teens alike will love Mark Scott Piper's debut novel, You Wish. Brimming with magical realism, social satire, and wry humor, Jake's story is about much more than the plight of one teenager. It's about the power that anyone, young or old, has to truly benefit humanity--even if the odds are stacked against you.

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Do you have the courage?

Are you satisfied with your life?  
Do you like who you see in the mirror? 
Would you like to take charge of your life? 
Believe it or not but achieving your goals -whether big or small - is now within your grasp.  
In "Running Your Life, "Edward Kania takes you on a lighthearted, humorous and touching journey of how a "big boned" middle-aged attorney conjured up the courage to conquer his first (and twenty-first) half marathon and how the training techniques he discovered and used can be adapted to help you win whatever "race" you want to finish. You will learn:

·How to jump start your journey by conquering your fears
·How to determine and refine your goal
·How to develop an easy-to-follow plan
·How to keep yourself accountable and measure your progress
·How to overcome roadblocks and what to do when you falter
·How to reflect on achieving your goals and next steps

Whether you want to lose weight, go back to school or run a marathon, Ed will show you that you have the capacity for greatness and that success is simply "putting one foot in front of the other." Ed will gently "walk" you through the entire process encouraging you all the way in a supportive style so that you too can achieve greatness.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

It's that simple

Do you have all the things you want?
Does it seem like you work so much harder than others, but they seem to have so much more?
Is the world against you, or is it just bad luck?

Maybe it's neither.
Most people believe that what they think, how they feel, and what they do are a function of their place in the word – the cards they were dealt, and they must play them. The truth is that it works the other way around. The conditions in your life are a result of how you manage it. Someone said, "When you change, the world around you changes." It's all about your personal mindset.

So, are you ready to let go of the beliefs that are holding you back?
There are three pillars that support our life on this earth – thoughts, feelings, and actions. These are the elements that make up The Process of Living.

Every form of human communication is the result of thought and/or feeling. So, knowledge of "The Process of Living" will make you a much more effective communicator leading to greater success in all areas of your life.
The purpose of this book is to teach you WHY this is true, HOW it all works, and WHAT you need to do to take back control of your life and see the results you've been hoping for. No longer will you need to wonder, why not me?

Mastering "The Process of Living" is Mastering Your Life!

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

If you loved The Hunger Games

 A thrilling saga of a boy, Gallin, and a girl, Alexine, lifelong friends, who escape an assassin on their shared 16th birthday only to face mortal danger on a different world
TYRANT'S CROWN: Brothers and Sisters is international best-selling author Joseph Amiel's thrilling saga of a boy, Gallin, and a girl, Alexine, lifelong friends, who escape an assassin on their shared 16th birthday only to face mortal danger on a different world, but also the prospect of greater power and purpose than they could have ever imagined. It is the first book in the TYRANT'S CROWN series. 
Dropped into a strange version of London in the 1770s, they join the crowd outside Westminster Abbey viewing the national 16th birthday celebration of the king's son and the latter's future bride. Shockingly, the two look exactly like Gallin and Alexine, who must go on the run to evade arrest for the capital crime of impersonating royalty. When captured, Gallin cleverly evades their execution by claiming the ancient right of Trials by Combat against their look-alikes, death duels to become sole heirs to the king and queen. They have only a month at the Royal Academy to learn the lethal combat skills their foes have trained in there for years. The increasingly deranged tyrant king has own reasons for their elimination and, in that effort, reveals to a populace kept ignorant for centuries much of the ruling class's astonishing secret technology.

The battles shift from London's palace and alleys to a TV spectacle fought with swords in mid-air over Philadelphia, the city where their new friends, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson, are debating independence from the Crown. As dark mysteries hidden in the past unravel and their alliances shift, Gallin and Alexine are plunged into the perils of an American Revolution far different from what they studied in school.

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

A canine love story

"Rio - A Love Story is a beautifully written love story indeed, a love story of a mother and her children and the special love story many of us have experienced with a beloved pet. Poignant and compelling, Joni takes the reader on a powerful journey from tragedy to triumph. The book is a testament to both the strength and resilience of the human spirit and how the unselfish love between a dog and a trainer can heal both. Highly recommended." 
-- Bradley Rand Smith, Internationally Award-Winning Playwright, Screenwriter, Theater Producer and Director  
Most of us will experience various forms of heartbreak, loss, and tragedy at some point in our lives. Joan did, experiencing the loss of some of her closest family members and beloved pets, all within a very short time. She lost her best friends and main support system overnight. It was as if a sink hole opened and swallowed her, and she was lost in darkness and depression every day. She was still alive, but she needed a miracle. Hope. A new best friend. A new sounding board, a new cheerleader that would always be there to root for her. Joan desired someone or something to end her darkness and loss of direction.

Magically, a miracle soon appeared in the form of a beautiful charming dog, Rio, a gift to her, but she didn't realize it at first. Slowly and surely her new canine friend diagnosed her malady and started her healing process by providing her with unconditional love every day and enticing her back into the bright daylight of life. Step by canine step, her devoted Rio encouraged her daily to pursue new activities together with him. These included showing in the conformation ring and trialing in rally and herding and other dog sports. The training, practice, and competition of these activities, coupled with meeting new friends in training and at the shows were just what Joan needed. Her clouds of darkness and loneliness started to dissipate. 

Joan's passage through this portion of her life may help the reader deal with their own loss of family, friends, and furry and feathered companions when that time arrives. The ability of her sweet boy, Rio, to lovingly kiss her every day, heal her wounds and lead her out of her depression may even encourage many to visit their local pet rescue to find that sweet soul that will move them to once again join in the beautiful dance of life!

This precious and heartwarming book is written for everyone, not just pet owners.Younger readers and those new to dog showing and trialing, and other activities no matter what age, will be fascinated by the number of activities that are available to them. Readers, pet owners or not, will be intrigued by the discussion of the intelligence and abilities of many canine breeds that are just recently attaining recognition for their many talents including cancer detection. Most importantly, Joan's candidness and honesty in relating to and resolving her deep sadness might help all of us deal with life's low points and perhaps prevent other tragedies as we have too often seen and heard about lately. 

This book will exceed everyone's expectations on the very important role that dogs and other pets have in our lives. As Joan learned, by sharing charming Rio with beautiful people in nursing homes and hospice settings, many that do not have visitors, life with a dog can be very fulfilling, not only for the dog owner, but for those angels that a therapy dog team lovingly visits. If you are looking for a book of rebirth, triumph and the re-celebration of life, this book delivers this message powerfully, and you will surely find Joan and Rio's story heartwarming and inspirational. This truly is a must read book for everyone.            

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Monday, October 28, 2019

The future of Africa depends on this

"Mr. Ayuk's book shows how the oil and gas industry can unleash economic development and prosperity across the continent." - Sec. Gen. Barkindo
 Although Africa has been an oil-market force for decades, it has lagged on natural-gas development, Ayuk points out. This needs to change, he says. While more gas exports would boost the continent's economy, the main reason he wants to see a gas-development boomis that gas would ease the continent's power shortages until renewables inevitably take over. 
     The power shortages that gas could help fix have been battering Africa's economy for decades, Ayuk laments. The main reason is that governments own most countries' utility assets, he contends. Governments that have separated power creation and distribution, and privatized it, are reducing their electricity deficits, he says. If adopted continent-wide, unbundling could go a long way toward  solving the power crunch, he asserts.   
     Ayuk is concerned about American companies' reduction in energy investment in Africa, which he ascribes to their assessment that Stateside shale prospects remain good and do not pose the risks that Africa does. He spends most of Chapter 17 making a case for why American energy companies, whose leadership and inventiveness he admires,should renew their commitment to investing on the continent.  
     "We need American oil and gas companies to continue operating in African communities and to continue hiring African people, purchasing from African suppliers, and partnering with African companies," he says. "And we need companies willing to share knowledge, technology, and best practices."     
     The bottom line, he says, is that "doing this remains very much in the interest of the American companies. They can reap tremendous financial rewards here."
     Ayuk also makes a case for Africa's oil and gas industry hiring and promoting more women. His main argument is one that you hear reverberating across the business world: Why limit your company's potential by failing to consider half of your country's human capital?
He underscores his argument by pointing to African women who have achieved petroleum-industry success, including becoming CEOs.
     Although "Billions" deals with one of world's most complex industries, it is easy to digest because Ayuk writes in a straightforward, concise and zesty style. This makes the book a joy to read. I learned a lot about Africa's oil and gas industry in "Billions" --and its prospects for the future -- and had fun while I was doing it.

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

Avoiding Agent Scams, New and Old

By Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of the multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers

I recently heard about a new kink in the old agent-for-upfront-fee scam. I thought it authors were getting wise but this scam and similar ones are getting worse if only because of the new twists on old cons.

One of my longtime friends on Facebook told me that just as she had been waiting for the “right time to terminate” her relationship with her agent, she received a mass e-mail informing her of the agent’s new fee-for-service plan. My friend then canceled her contract (the terms of the contract had already expired) and asked that the mention of her books be removed from this former agent’s website. The agent refused her request (and other authors' requests) citing that she was the “agent of record” for those books.

My friend says, “I feel bad for new writers who fall for this trap of paying her upfront fees.” This agent also added another wrinkle to her fee collecting program—a cancellation-of-contract fee. That meant those who objected to her new fee would have to pay her a fee for leaving. Talk about a lose-lose proposition.  

I am not an attorney and don’t advise about the legality of the notion that keeping a book that is no longer represented by an agent on an agent’s site is legal, but it certainly is misleading if not downright unethical. One of the tools that authors use to judge the effectiveness of an agent is their catalogue of book sales. It is important that you are all aware of this practice and double check with some of the authors who have been (or are) represented by any agent you are considering. 

You should also be aware that some agents “sell books” to presses that would take any book presented to them, often called (rather erroneously) self-publishing presses and were once called “vanity publishing” or “vanity presses” and still are by anyone who cares to flaunt their #bookbigotry. Of course, these agents usually still take their 15% for “handling” and “representing” or “selling” the book to that press, even though you could have submitted your own book and been accepted with 0% chance of being rejected.

You will also find more on finding reputable agents and editors in the third edition of The Frugal Book Promoter (Modern History Press) The Frugal Editor and the third in my HowToDoItFrugally Series for writersHow to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically: The ins and outs of using free reviews to build and sustain a writing career. The latter includes my plan for keeping old titles alive, and, yes, a few other scams only peripherally related to this agent scam.. There are all kinds of ways you can be misled—both intentionally and unintentionally by folks who just want to increase their income stream. 

Carolyn Howard-Johnson brings her experience as a publicist, journalist, marketer, and retailer to the advice she gives in her HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers and the many classes she taught for nearly a decade as instructor for UCLA Extension’s world-renown Writers’ Program. The books in her HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers have won multiple awards. That series includes both the third edition of The Frugal Book Promoter and the second edition of The Frugal Editor. They have won awards from USA Book News, Readers’ Views Literary Award, Dan Poynter’s Global Ebook Award, the marketing award from Next Generation Indie Books and others including the coveted Irwin award. How To Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically is still in its first edition.

Howard-Johnson is the recipient of the California Legislature’s Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment Award, and her community’s Character and Ethics award for her work promoting tolerance with her writing. She was also named to Pasadena Weekly’s list of “Fourteen San Gabriel Valley women who make life happen” and was given her community’s Diamond Award for Achievement in the Arts. 
The author loves to travel. She has visited eighty-nine countries and has studied writing at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom; Herzen University in St. Petersburg, Russia; and Charles University, Prague. She admits to carrying a pen and journal wherever she goes. Her Web site is www.howtodoitfrugally.com